The '''Compact Cassette''' or '''Musicassette''' ('''MC'''), also commonly called '''cassette tape''', '''audio cassette''', or simply '''tape''' or '''cassette''', is a magnetic tape
recording format for Sound recording and reproduction|audio recording and playback
released by Philips
Compact cassettes come in two forms, either already containing content as a pre-recorded cassette, or as a fully recordable "blank" cassette. It was designed originally for dictation machine
s, but improvements in High fidelity|fidelity
led the Compact Cassette to supplant the 8-track tape|Stereo 8-track
cartridge and Reel-to-reel audio tape recording|reel-to-reel
tape recording in most non-professional applications.
Its uses ranged from portable audio to home recording
to data storage for early microcomputer
s. The first cassette player (although mono) designed for use in car dashes was introduced...